Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Cyber Monday! For Sale: Me

Yes, it's cyber Monday - the first weekday after the Thanksgiving weekend when online retailers get their largest traffic surge as bargain hunters hit the internet en mass.

I know what many of you are thinking, "Gee, I wish Chef John had a DVD for sale so I could finally help him keep the site up and running, AND score a sweet gift for my friends and family members that can't cook." It's like I read your mind, isn't it?

Well, you're in luck! I will be selling a DVD with some of my most popular video recipes so you can give the gift of me to others. I know you've told hundreds, if not thousands of people about this blog, but let's face it - people rarely do what you tell them too. Now, at nominal expense to you, they can watch these recipes on TV and cook along with Chef John.

Since this is mainly a fundraising effort (as well as providing you with a one-of-a-kind gift), I'm thinking of $25 dollars for 9 video recipe lessons. What do you think? Would you support the site and buy one (or lots) of these DVD's? Please take the poll below so I have an idea! I will make the official offer on Wednesday. Thanks!!

Would you buy a $25 DVD from Chef John to give as a gift?
Yes! I have been meaning to help support the site, and I do need some inexpensive gift options.
No! I love the site, but you're not getting any money from me. Nice try.
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20 comments:

Chef John said...

Oh yeah, I forgot, S & H will be a couple dollars.

Skye said...

Of course I will buy your DVD, and not just one but many. A lot of my friends and family are cooking-impaired, so I know they will appreciate this gift. Thanks Chef!

mike said...

question, will they be new videos or videos already available on the site?

Anonymous said...

This would be a great gift for several people I know. I do think it would be better if we knew the recipes that would be presented before we buy. Thanks.

Jackie

Pyrofish said...

I would as well to give as gifts to family members who love it when I cook your stuff. When I recover from recent festival & Thanksgiving expenditures, I had planned to donate anyway. I'm thinking $10 for every recipe I swipe and use successfully to feed friends and family, and maybe another $10 for every question you answer afterward. I think I'm up to $100 now :-)

Chef John said...

These will be from the site. The next DVD will be recipes not aired yet.

Chef John said...

I will list the recipes Wednesday. They will be a selection of my favs and ones that would appeal to most.

Anonymous said...

I LIKE PYROFISH'S FORMULA. I THINK I OWE QUITE A BIT--I'LL FIGURE IT OUT AND REMIT WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH.
JACKIE

Anonymous said...

How soon can I order? It's DECEMBER 1st already! Let's go!

Chef John said...

You can order Wednesday, after I give post the offer. I will only take orders for probably 10 days, so I'll have time to mail them out. Sorry, but only USA this time. I will just use first class mail, so everyone that orders should get them about a week before Xmas.

Anonymous said...

Will you accept PayPal for the DVD just like for donations?

Chef John said...

Yes, I hope most can use PayPal, but will also take checks, or try and set up a Google shopping cart. This DVD is an experiment on many levels! Thanks.

Peggy (the M-I-L) said...

Don't be worried about the quality of the DVD - the filming is the same good stuff you see here, and you all know the recipes are top-notch! I saw the DVD (at Thanksgiving), and it is great! It really is something anyone would love to have! It's the process of "merchandising" that is unfamiliar territory, but by getting your order in by the deadline you will have the DVD's in plenty of time to wrap and send onto your friends and family for holiday gift giving.

jeff said...

You guys need to pony up the dough :)! I donated whatever small amount I could out of grattitude to Chef John for all he does. It only took a second, and I even got a personal emai from CJ himself!

This DVD will be our chance to prove "we knew him when" after he becomes the next Guy Fieri, only with less hair and no sunglasses on the back of the neck. Imagine the ROI when these things get sold on eBay in 10 years!

Sign Me Up!

Jeff

Jairus said...

shucks i would be def interested but i live in canada. i hope ur next dvd with the new eps will be available for sale up here.

Anonymous said...

I would also like to see your culinary classes begin too.

Jax said...

Chef John,

Will you autograph each DVD? You're quite a celebrity among us.

Chef John said...

Yes! All the discs will be numbered and signed with a special secret message from me.

Anonymous said...

I love this site and one of the best things about it is the indexing. I can go straight to a recipe of interest among, it seems, hundreds of recipes, or compare recipes. If I buy the DVD, how am I going to add recipes to a pre-existing category-- I can't. I would much prefer to use a USB/MP device with a subscription to your site, so I can download it all and use it dynamically. You can still have a "free" site and sell subscriptions. I don't need more DVDs cluttering my apartment. Thanks.

Scott - Boston said...

And much like McCain pulling 46% of the popular vote, "No! - to Food Wishes" gets a 41% nod. Yikes!

I blame the parents...

Scott - Boston